Congratulations to Eyrie Vineyards for their stunning 2011 Dundee Hills Pinot Blanc, which was featured in The New York Times article 20 Winter Wines for $20! Journalist Eric Asimov calls the list of wines, which starts with Eyrie’s Pinot blanc, a “delicious testimony to the bounty of unexplored wines.”
According to Winemaker Jason Lett, the Pinot blanc is an unusual white wine that ages a year before bottling. The wine has a naturally creamy texture that takes center stage, with plenty of acidity to keep you on your toes. Suggested pairings include raw and delicate courses.
Asimov calls the Pinot blanc “creamy yet lively, rich yet energetic. In short, delicious.”
Lett said “It’s astonishing to be included with such inspiring company, and all credit is due to the exceptional 2011 vintage. The wines Eric Asimov lists in the article include a couple of favorites, and many more that I can’t wait to seek out.”
Eyrie’s 2011 Dundee Hills Pinot Noir was also featured in an earlier New York Times article, Why Oregon Will Fondly Remember 2011, in which Asimov pointed out Eyrie wines’ “ability to age well for decades.”
In the last few years, I’ve really come to appreciate pinot blanc, a grape that rarely gets its due. It makes a wine characterized more by texture than fruit flavor, and so doesn’t lend itself to effusive description. I love this wine, from a pioneering Oregon producer.
– Asimov, about Eyrie’s 2011 Dundee Hills Pinot blanc